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Songs to remember

How can music improve the lives of people with dementia? Every couple of weeks I drive to Auckland to make music with my mother, Sue. It’s fun and joyful for both of us. My mother has dementia. It has been gradually progressing over the last five years – maybe longer than that.

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Fish oil: how can you tell if it’s good?

My general philosophy around food and health is to eat whole foods and naturally fermented foods, as nutrient dense as possible, and hopefully not containing too much toxic stuff. (Not always easy in the world of industrially produced food.)

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Smart plants

Brilliant Green is a provocative and ground-breaking book that’s been stretching my mind ever since I opened the covers. Italian biologist Stefano Marcuso, director of the International Laboratory of Plant Neurobiology (LINV), and science writer Alessandra Viola make a terrific case for plants to be regarded as intelligent beings.

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Not just a tiny guitar

Saturday afternoon is my favourite time of the week. My ukulele group meets at 4pm. We drink a glass of wine, play ukulele and have fun. For two hours, nothing else matters.